Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid meets with Egyptian counterpart

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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speaks at a press conference as he meets Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita in Rabat, Morocco, August 11, 2021. REUTERS / Youssef Boudlal

News I24 – Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid spoke by telephone on Saturday with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry.

The move is another sign of warming relations between Jerusalem and Cairo, less than a week after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visited Egypt, where his predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu had not visited since 2011.

“Our conversation was warm and friendly, Lapid said. “We have a common desire to strengthen the ties between our two countries as well as economic cooperation.”

The Israeli minister also clarified that the exchange focused on the “economy for security” plan for the Gaza Strip, which he presented last week.

Last Sunday, Lapid offered a plan to improve the living conditions of Gazans in exchange for a long-term truce with Hamas.

The plan, which has yet to be approved by the new Israeli coalition government, is not aimed at settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but “acting now” to “improve” living conditions in the Gaza Strip and “create better conditions for future talks, ”Lapid said during his presentation of the initiative at a security conference in Jerusalem.

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